Join our next Thommen Talk Series Webinar about the “Socket Shield Technique” on July 9th (In German only).
Thursday, July 9th, 2020 at 18:00pm CEST - Socket Shield Technique: Can it work? Speaker: Dr. C. Andreoni and Dr. T. Meier.
Missing teeth are replaced for functional (talking, smiling and eating), esthetic (appearance) and health reasons (breaking up food to ensure good digestion). The choice of tooth replacement depends on the position in the mouth, the condition of the neighboring teeth and, most of all, the number of missing teeth.
There are several options for tooth replacement: removable dentures, a fixed bridge or single implant placement therapy. Conventional bridges or prostheses are fixed on existing teeth, but requires the reduction of healthy tooth structure. Implants allow for existing teeth to be preserved in terms of functionality and esthetics.
The conventional treatment of missing teeth with a bridge requires the grinding of healthy neighboring teeth to securely anchor the new tooth. With this approach, healthy tooth structure is lost. If the gap from the missing tooth is too large or the dentition is missing too many teeth to attach a bridge, the only option is a partial prosthesis. Conventional complete prostheses, or dentures, are worn in place of all missing teeth.
Using an implant provides significant advantages over conventional dentures. Instead of grinding neighboring teeth, the implant is simply positioned where the gap is.
Thus, the implant can function effortlessly like a natural tooth.